The Arctic is changing. Diminishing sea ice and expanded natural resource extraction are happening now. From drilling in the Chukchi Sea, dredging for gold in Nome, to ore and gas concentrate tankers coming over the top from Europe, Alaska is experiencing more and more traffic past its shores. Alaska’s western and northern coastline is mostly shallow with very little marine infrastructure. Coast Guard and other support vessels may be many days of ship travel away.
Proper planning and responsible development is important to Alaska’s future. The State of Alaska and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered to study locations for an enhanced Alaska Deep-Draft Arctic Ports system. The Corps and the State established the foundation for this study in 2008 and 2010 and built on the good work of others such as the Northern Waters Task Force, the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, and workshops with the Institute of the North. This book could help guide deepdraft infrastructure development. This book presents opportunities for development of marine infrastructure in the Arctic by Federal, State, local and/or private sector. (Imprint: Nova)